What’s the Procedure for Impeaching Legislators?
As a general proposition, Rhode Islanders should be more comfortable in the absence of their legislators, but this is a jaw dropper:
House Speaker William J. Murphy has notified lawmakers in his chamber that the House will not return next week, as originally contemplated, but on Oct. 7 and 8.
It remains unclear what the lawmakers will do when they reconvene, and whether they will be open to considering new legislation, acting on the handful of high-profile bills that languished at the end of the regular session in June, or simply overriding vetoes.
Don’t some of the governor’s methods of balancing the budget require legislative approval? Won’t the cost only grow as time passes with no resolution? Does legislative negligence at some point become criminal?
(Initially spotted by Mike Cappelli.)